Malsin Agreed to Deportation Under Duress
Let’s be clear about what happened to Jared Malsin before Israeli hasbara lays down its marker. The Shin Bet is responsible for subjecting a professional journalist to inhuman detention conditions in virtual solitary confinement, with minimal contact with his attorney and almost no contact with family, in a darkened room with only a meager suitcase worth of possessions. No showers, no change of clothes, no writing implements, no books or newspapers. Subject to the whims of his jailers.
Under these deplorable conditions apparently, Malsin caved and voluntarily (if you can believe the government’s position) agreed to leave Israel, thus acceding to Israel’s original intent to expel him from Israel for his critical reporting on the Israeli Occupation for the Palestinian Maan news agency:
Castro Daoud said his client, Jared Malsin, chose to leave because “he could no longer endure the conditions of his detention.”
Further, an Israeli judge accepted at face value a legal document purportedly signed by the victim requesting that he vacate his appeal of deportation without guranteeing from the victim’s own mouth that he signed the document willingly. Malsin signed this document while being deprived of contact with counsel a fundamental right under most democratic governments (outside Israel). Nor did the judge even confirm with the man’s attorney any of the particulars of the signing. This all reeks of the comfy relationship between Israeli justice and the security establishment. Judges have no interest in prying too closely into the business of the Shin Bet. They’d just as soon wash their hands of sticky cases like this one. Malsin’s alleged petition presented him a convenient way of getting out of it.
You can’t quite call Malsin’s treatment torture since there was deprivation and emotional abuse but apparently no physical abuse. But it is the worst form of duress. One doesn’t expect 25 year old Americans, no matter how strong their principles, to withstand eight days of mistreatment as Malsin did. Perhaps he broke. No doubt relentless forms of emotional gamesmanship were utilized by the Israelis to get the result they wanted. The Shin Bet is quite adept at this. Perhaps Malsin thought he got a deal of some sort from the authorities who would’ve wanted to avoid the opprobrium accompanying the forcible detention of a journalist from Israeli territory, though it wouldn’t be worthy the paper it wasn’t written on.
I urge Malsin to make a public statement as soon as possible to clarify what happened. No matter how badly he was treated and whatever he may feel about how his ordeal ended he has too many international supporters who rallied to his defense who seek to know what happened and why he abandoned his case.
He left Israeli earlier today on an El Al flight for New York.
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It’s just too strange, that after eight days of detention (and we have not been told just why the government saw fit to lock Malsin up, and under these particularly grueling conditions – what was the “security issue” here? Is criticizing Israel now a security breach?), a judge would simply accept a piece of paper with a signature on it, without verifying whether Malsin signed it or whether he was in his right mind to sign it….and where was his attorney? Why was there no court appearance and why was nothing put on the record? This is a democracy?
I read another Haaretz article today, the subject of which was Israel’s refusal to renew work permits for NGO workers in the West Bank and Jerusalem. The workers are forced to apply for tourist visas to be able to remain in Israel, but of course they cannot legally work in Israel. This is what one NGO employee said had happened in Burma, also. It’s a way of getting rid of non-Israelis and a way to cut off international aid to the Palestinians.
Perhaps Malsin’s debacle is reflective of a similar agenda where the purpose is to get rid of as many non-Israeli journalists as possible, especially if they happen to be critical of Israel.
RE: “I urge Malsin to make a public statement as soon as possible to clarify what happened.” – R.S.
MY COMMENT: I would be happy to make a modest donation to help fund a speaking tour.
Maslin story remind me my attempt to go to the WB.
During the so called Peace operation of Galilee, my uncle and his 4 children were killed, In 2006 Israel destroyed my family house.
As French born Arab from Lebanese origins, i tried to travel to the West Bank, But after hours of interrogations, humiliation i was refused entry to Israel. Once they saw my name they started to ask me questions about my origins, parents etc.. then questions about Hezbollah which i refused to answer, then they started taking out all my belongings, they started checking every single thing and humiliating me, calling me “a Terrorist like all the others”. They called their victims terrorists, can you guys imagine this?
I was allowed to call French embassy who told me that they understand but can do nothing to help me as i am not in detention.